Heaslip was captaining the side for the first time in the RBS 6 Nations, taking the reins from O'Driscoll while the centre was out injured and retaining it despite his Leinster teammate's return.
And Heaslip is convinced that O'Driscoll's decision to continue his Ireland career and add to his 125 caps for the Men in Green with current Leinster coach Joe Schmidt set to take the international reins over the summer is positive news for all concerned.
"For club and country he's a great guy to have around," Heaslip who will also take part in the British & Irish Lions tour to Australia this summer along with O'Driscoll, told the Irish Independent.
"He's fantastic at bringing younger players through, setting an unbelievable example in training and how you approach the game.
"With Ireland it's great to have Brian around for another year, he just adds another dimension at times to the game and he has a wealth of experience."